To help protect the planet, in particular against environmental threats, legal protection for nature is now an option. The New Zealand parliament has granted the Whanganui River “living entity” status, with all the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person. The Indian state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayas, has taken similar action to protect its glaciers and waterways. The Ganges is now doubly sacred. The granting of this type of status has obviously been welcomed by local populations, who are proud that their heritage is now recognized and protected, and that their sentimental attachment holds greater weight than anything else. For many Australians, the financial value attributed to the Great Barrier Reef by Deloitte Access Economics€37 billion, calculated on the basis of its tourist value alonemust seem a tad simplistic and superficial.